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Commissioner Piebalgs statement on the European Year for Development

15/04/2014

2015 has officially been confirmed as the European Year of Development as the final greenlight was given by the Foreign Affairs Council on April 14.
 
This was the only step missing and as Commissioner for Development, I could not be happier that the initiative has received full inter-institutional support.
 
Now, however, it is when the real work starts and I hope that this year will be a success in showing the impact and benefits of our Development Aid. 

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New website to provide easy and transparent access to aid data

14/04/2014

A unique new web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world will be launched on April 15 by the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico.

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Ebola in West Africa: EU increases its immediate health assistance to €1.1 million

11/04/2014

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and assist those affected by the deadly virus. The Commission has increased its funding for immediate health operations, experts and risk assessments to €1.1 million, and is contributing with medical equipment to help accelerate diagnosis.

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New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

09/04/2014

A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, will be announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide live without permanent homes, land access or formal property rights, a reason which is often used for their land to be attributed to large scale land investors. Therefore, land governance issues are strongly linked to key challenges such as food scarcity, water shortages or urban and population growth.More than two million people in poor rural areas of Africa will benefit from access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services thanks to new EU support, announced by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. This initiative also shows that the EU has been a leader in the campaign to provide Sustainable Energy for All.

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Commissioner Piebalgs calls on Member States to intensify efforts to increase development aid

09/04/2014

The European Union and its Member States continued to be the world's largest aid donor in 2013 according to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA).

OECD figures show that EU collective ODA (EU institutions and Member States) increased from €55.3 billion in 2012 to €56.5 billion in 2013, after two consecutive years of decline. EU collective ODA remained at 0.43% of EU gross national income (GNI), same level as the year before.

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On World Health Day, EU launches new project to fight falsified medicines in developing countries

07/04/2014

On World Health Day, the European Union has launched a new project which will support the fight against the production and the trafficking in falsified medicines in Cameroon, Ghana, Jordan, Morocco and Senegal, which are situated along two of the main routes for the production and trafficking in falsified medicines (from Arabian Peninsula and Middle East to West/Central Africa; from East/Horn of Africa, via Yemen and Sudan, to Central Africa).

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Fighting hunger in Niger: breakthroughs and lessons

03/04/2014

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has taken part in a high-level discussion on leading the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Niger. This is one of the countries with the highest food insecurity and malnutrition rates, especially among children.

The event on The 3N Initiative "Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens" looked at the political mechanisms which can help link vulnerable communities to support from the local authorities and relief organisations.

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European Year for Development 2015

03/04/2014

I am delighted that the initiative to organise a European Year for Development in 2015 has received widespread inter-institutional support, as shown by yesterday's vote in the European Parliament. I know that such support will be crucial to making this year - the first ever European Year dealing with ‘external action’ of the EU - a success. 

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EU-Africa Business Forum: Working together towards sustainable growth and employment

01/04/2014

The 5th EU-Africa Business Forum started this morning in Brussels, as one of the official accompanying events of the EU-Africa Summit (2-3 April).EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will take part in it as well to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in both Africa and the EU.  The event brings together more than 500 high-level representatives from European and African business, politics and public institutions for two days (31 March/1 April) of discussions. 

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New EU support to provide access to energy to two million people in Africa

01/04/2014

More than two million people in poor rural areas of Africa will benefit from access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services thanks to new EU support, announced by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. This initiative also shows that the EU has been a leader in the campaign to provide Sustainable Energy for All.

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